Between the Lines

BBC (ended 1994)




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Welcome to the guide to Between the Lines at This high quality police drama from the BBC concerned on the activities of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), investigating allegations of corruption at all levels of the police force, challenging the public's perception of the police force as the bastions of law, order and justice. Detective Superintendent Tony Clark Neil Pearson, a morally ambiguous career-minded high-flyer, headed a CIB team comprising Detective Inspector Harry Naylor Tom Georgeson and Detective Sergeant Maureen Connell Siobhan Redmond. As the officers discovered, the higher the seniority, the harder to prove the corruption existed, and a key cast member successfully evaded discovery for two seasons. The premise of the show, created by The Bill stalwart J.C. Wilsher, afforded the writers the freedom to explore all aspects of police corruption, while exploiting the entrenched hostility of other officers to the activities of the CIB. The nature of the work, as team members found themselves morally conflicted by their duty to uphold the law, and a separate focus on Clark's compromised personal life, provided an essential dramatic dynamic and earned the series the epithet "Between the Sheets". With its pioneering, hard edged realism combined with soap style storylines, the series set new standards for police dramas that would be followed over the coming decade. Each season ended on a cliffhanger, and its third and final season ended on an unresolved storyline.moreless